UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey

UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey

This morning, Ronda Rousey announced on Good Morning America that her next fight will take place January 2nd against Holly Holm, a boxing specialist that Rousey calls “the most accomplished striker I’ve ever faced” and “my biggest challenge to date.”

Rousey has become very popular, very fast. Even if you’ve never seen a UFC fight many woke up first thing on the morning of August 2ndand googled “Ronda Rousey Brazil fight highlights” and found the beating of her latest victim.

Why did we want to see her win?  More importantly, why did we want to see her win in less than a minute?

Because we love winners.  Oh, we say we want our entertainment value, but we love superstars that dominate the competition.   Mike Tyson.  Mohammed Ali. Wayne Gretsky.  Lebron James.  Even Barry Bonds, who you may have hated but had to watch.

Here’s a quote from Rousey about her training regimen:

“How I see it, it’s all about putting in the work and having motivation. You have to stay motivated – force yourself to be motivated. I’ve said this before, but to be the best for more than a day or a week you have to be really, really driven to sustain that level, and that’s difficult.  Honestly, you have to make yourself get up and go train, even when you have every reason and excuse in the world not to. To reach your goals you’ve got to put in the hard work required to get there – and that sounds simple, but it’s not. You have to be persistent and you have to keep that simple idea in mind at all times. You’ve got to put in the hard work required to get there.”

As human beings, we are trained from the day we are born.  To talk, use the bathroom, eat, walk, run – our brains soak up information like a sponge and school reinforces it all the way up through college and then…it stops.  Not that it ceases entirely, we’re always learning – but how much we continue to learn is often dependent on how much those we rely on put in.

If you’re a doctor, you go to medical school, you get your training, and then you’re qualified to stop people from dying.  Funny thing, though – things change in medicine.  I hear they have all kinds of new equipment!  Should a doctor’s training stop after they graduate from med school?  Or should they constantly be training, improving themselves and their craft to make them and their practice more productive and effective?

And yet, so many settle with where they are and what they’re doing.  You don’t have to train like Ronda – but imagine what would happen if you truly made a commitment to yourself to make a life change?

How Rowdy Ronda Rousey trains can generally predict her results.  You may be surprised to find that’s the case for just about everyone.


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